|Beth Kane Davidson is Director of the Addiction Treatment Center at Suburban Hospital.|
Individuals who are struggling with an alcohol or other drug addiction along with a mental health disorder now have someplace to turn thanks to the launch of
"The dual diagnosis program demonstrates the successful integration of two separate disciplines: substance abuse treatment and mental health treatment," says
Patients who enter the program receive a comprehensive evaluation, at which time staff determine what level of care and what additional support services they need. Patients then begin an intensive outpatient program involving group meetings that are co-facilitated by an addiction specialist and a licensed clinical social worker. All patients are followed by a primary counselor as well as a psychiatrist, and access to other specialists is provided as needed.
"We are proud to offer this uniquely specialized program for dual diagnosis at
Upon completion of the intensive group program, patients are transitioned into a continuing care group that meets regularly. For those patients who may need to be stabilized in a more intensive environment, the Addiction Treatment Center facilitates an inpatient hospitalization that includes participation in group therapy sessions.
"The recovery discussion group has been especially beneficial," says Ellen, a current participant. "Group members share their challenges, responses and results, which helps me to see my addiction through a host of new lenses and to develop the tools I need to deal with my alcoholism. I am grateful for this opportunity."
The dual diagnosis program is often covered by insurance and payment plans are available.
FOR MORE INFORMATION | To learn more or to schedule an evaluation, call the director,